Thursday, January 31, 2008

Writing Your Best Resume - Part Two


In Part 2, you must determine which skills and experiences are relevant to the position objective. You are writing a word picture of yourself in the proposed new job, created out the best of your past experience. Steps in building this word picture include:

Study your Job Objective and ask yourself “what are the 4-5 most important skills required?”

Create a series of columns on a spreadsheet for each of those skills or special know-how areas and label each column.

Then ask yourself, "When did I use those same skills in the past?"

Under each of the skills write action-oriented, simple statements that clearly and concisely describe how you used or developed those skills in the past.

Assemble the Relevant Skills and Experience section of your resume by putting the contents of those 4-5 skill columns together on one page.

The primary message this section should be:

1. You are generally qualified. You have the experience, credentials, and basic skills needed for the job.

2. You are uniquely qualified. You own unique qualifications in the areas that really matter for this particular job.

Examples of what to include in this section are :

Amount of relevant experience.

Formal training and credentials.

One significant accomplishment

One or two outstanding skills or abilities.

A reference to your values, commitment, or philosophy if appropriate.

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